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Carmelites in Australia and Timor-Leste
Saturday, 26 March 2022 13:48

Br Marco graduates with BTheol

Br Marcolino Gomes graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Theology at the University of Divinity Graduation Ceremony on 25 March. The ceremony, held in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, saw over 370 students receive a variety of awards from diplomas to doctorates. Marco is now studying for his master’s in theological studies. Congratulations, Marco! More photos & video

Saturday, 17 July 2021 12:28

Young Carmelites Renew Vows

2021RVAWeb150On 16 July, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Brs José Natalino Freitas and Anacleto Guterres Da Costa renewed their Vows for another year. The ceremony took place during Mass in the Carmelite Community at Middle Park. Fr David Hofman (Formator) received their Vows on behalf of Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial) who could not be present due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne. In renewing their Vows José and Anacleto have committed themselves to their Carmelite formation journey for another year. More story & photos.

Monday, 28 June 2021 14:34

New Readers & Acolytes in Timor-Leste

2021LATLWeb150Yesterday 15 of our young Carmelites in Timor received the ministries of Lector (reader) and Acolyte during Mass in our community at Hera. Lectors proclaim the Word of God in liturgical assemblies, instruct adults and children in the faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments. Acolytes assist the priest during the celebration of the Eucharist, holding the Missal, preparing the altar and the vessels and cleaning them after Communion. They may also distribute Communion if necessary. For those preparing for Priesthood in the Church, receiving these ministries is another step on their journey to Ordination. More story & photos

Thursday, 24 June 2021 14:57

Fr Carlito meets the Pope

2021FCMPWeb150Last Wednesday, Fr Carlito, a Carmelite from Timor-Leste, went to the audience with the Holy Father and had the opportunity to meet the Pope. “When the Holy Father went by I asked him to bless and pray for me, my family and God’s people in my country. The Holy Father asked me, ‘Where are you from?’ I replied that I am from Timor Leste and the Holy Father said to me, ‘Keep your faith, you are still young, pray diligently and do the best in your study.’” Then the Holy Father put his hands on my head and blessed me,” Fr Carlito said. More photos & video

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 15:51

Two Carmelites Ordained in historic ceremony

ordinations2021 150On Saturday, April 17, Br Matthew Tonini was ordained Priest and Br Agedo Bento ordained Deacon at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park (Vic) by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. More story, video & photos

Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:34

Young Carmelites help with flood crisis

timorlesteflood01 150Our young Carmelites in Timor-Leste have been helping to distribute food and household goods and clean and rebuild houses following the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. The local parish in Hera has become a refugee centre for many people who have lost everything in the disaster. Closer to Dili, our Carmelites in Fatuhada have also been helping out with food, clothing and transport for people affected by the crisis. More story  Donate here

Monday, 22 March 2021 11:30

Br Albino graduates with BTheol

2021AGWeb150Last Friday evening (19 March) Br Albino Dos Santos joined 400 other students of the University of Divinity, Melbourne, for the Graduation Ceremony during which he received the degree of Bachelor of Theology. Having studied Philosophy for 3 years in Timor, Albino came to Australia in 2016. Completing his English studies in 2017 he began the Bachelor of Theology Degree which he completed at the end of 2020. Albino is now studying for the Master of Theological Studies degree. Congratulations, Albino! See photos & video


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Carmelite Rule

A rule of life was given to the early Carmelites by St Albert Avogadro, Patriach of Jerusalem between the years 1206 - 1214. It was finally approved by Pope Innocent in 1247 and later underwent mitigations which were not in the original text.

The Carmelite Rule states that is basic for a Carmelite to "live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ - how, pure in heart and stout in conscience, he must be unswerving in the service of his Master" [no.2].


The Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste are committed to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and mistreatment.

NCSS Commitment Badge 250 ReverseWe are committed to safeguarding all people in our care, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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